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October 2010

What distinguishes the photo model are hardware and software enhancements for photo-quality imaging that are offered as options on the production press. These include a fifth imaging unit with light black ink to optimize grain, "E-surface" simulation with Dimensional Clear dry ink and specialized photo front end, color management and screens software. A swappable matte fuser roller for producing a matte finish with smoother tones and less gloss is offered as an option.

The digital color presses are set for release in mid-2011.

Canon Shows The Future Of Imaging

NEW YORK—Canon, again this year, held its own exhibition ahead of Graph Expo, but this one went beyond the usual Digital Solutions Forum. Canon Expo 2010 was its once-every-five-year event focusing on the company's full range of imaging and output products, along with featuring an "Imaging for Tomorrow" exhibit of new technologies that Canon said offered a preview of its vision for the future of imaging.

"We Speak Image" was the theme of the two-day event that occupied more than 150,000 square feet of exhibition space at the Jacob K. Javits Center. Industry observer Noel Ward wrote about the company's broader imaging offerings in an on-site report he did for his "Real World Digital" blog.

The most dramatic of its future technologies was the Canon Mixed Reality system, which uses a head-mounted display with built-in cameras and a computer that processes video to blend the real and virtual worlds in real-time. The company also claims to have developed the world's largest (202x205mm) CMOS image sensor that is capable of capturing images in approximately 1/100th the amount of light required by its current digital SLR cameras.

As for production printing solutions, the new imagePRESS C7010VP/C6010VP/C6010 color digital press line made its debut in the Big Apple before being featured prominently in the Windy City at McCormick Place. Canon said it invested three years of R&D into the platform update, "incorporating significant customer input and feedback to deliver greater performance across a range of categories," noted Sam Yoshida, vice president and general manager, Imaging Systems Group, Canon U.S.A. The new models are expected to be available for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2010. PI



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